Sunday, December 03, 2006

UT Update

Well, it is now official. Texas’ QB Jevan Snead will transfer at mid-term. Snead is not the only Longhorn to file paperwork to leave the school. Sophomore DE Chris Brown and sophomore OT Greg Dolan will also transfer and leave Texas. While Brown and Dolan will be missed, Snead will have a possibility to have a much larger impact on the Longhorns future, namely their upcoming bowl game. Starter Colt McCoy is still healing from a stinger and it is not known if he will be ready to go by the end of the month. Trainer Kenny Boyd issued an update on McCoy's injury Friday, saying the quarterback "has made significant progress over the past week.We will continue to monitor and evaluate him," Boyd said. "One thing we know about Colt is he'll work really hard and do everything in his power to get back. He's progressing extremely well." The Longhorns do not begin bowl practice until Dec. 12. They wouldn't leave for either bowl game until Dec. 26. But if McCoy can’t go, and without a number two QB, where does that leave Texas under center? Texas is left with just walk-on Matt McCoy and redshirted Sherrod Harris for its date in either the Gator or Alamo Bowl. It is highly unlikely that head coach Mack Brown would lift Harris' redshirt for a second-tier bowl game. Earlier in the year, Brown said a worst-case-scenario would include WR Quan Cosby taking over at QB. The sophomore was a two-time Texas 2A First-Team All-Stater at QB in 1999-2000. Brown has also said a while back that WR Billy Pittman could be pressed into action at QB. Pittman was a four-year starter at Cameron Yoe and was the scout team 'running quarterback' during his RS-freshman year in 2004. You can see it is a pretty interesting situation. As far as what bowl the Longhorns will even be playing in, here are the top possibilities for Texas. Georgia Tech will play in the Gator bowl. They accepted an invitation Saturday night. So that leaves Texas in the mix. The folks at the Gator Bowl could also choose Louisville, but Louisville played in Jacksonville last year, so Texas is a strong possibility. We know Iowa is in the Alamo Bowl. So, if the Gator Bowl passes on Texas, the Horns will likely land in San Antonio. That will probably land West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. If that happens, Texas would likely play in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Whatever the case, with the quarterback situation, it should make for an interesting game!

Now some good news for Texas and Colt McCoy. McCoy has been selected as the Associated Press Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was the runner-up to Nebraska QB Zac Taylor as the conference Offensive Player of the Year. McCoy was a semifinalist for the 2006 Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top QB) and was also named Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches. Big-ups Jim Ned and the big city of Tuscola!

Texas players elect to transfer (Official UT website)

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